January 8, 2010

The 24 days of Christmas

TGIF ladies... and its once again reveal time at SOUS...
We are so happy to be posting the sketch challenges again.. The holidays were great but its a blessing to get back to normal...

Well... Here is my take on this weeks sketch challenge.. I don't have any big pictures, so I decided to add my twist to the layout and do the advent calendar instead..
My kids get an advent calendar every year.. Because they are all teenagers, they have asked for a scratch off calendar instead of the regular chocolate ones they used to get..
so, every morning they get to scratch off a part of the calendar and collect the little symbols and hope by the end of the 24 days they have collected enough of one symbol to win MONEY!!! 10,000 euros was this years jackpot.. My son Aaron won 5€ and I won a whopping 7€...LOL
but its not about the winnings, but the excitement of trying to win...

Here are some close ups and the details to the making of this layout..

side view of the calendar

and of my gingerbread house...its pretty small, so piecing all of the decor was a pain in the toosh!! LOL

Supplies used:

Cricut cart:
Winter Woodland:
Big and little scalloped circles,calendar matting and small circle

George and Basic Shapes:
little advent squares and hearts

Christmas Cheer:
ginger bread house and tall Christmas tree

Paper Doll Dress up:
gum drops

Joys of the Season:
pears and little trees

white circular tags

A Childs Year:
Base Marquees, ornaments
Title: The, days, of, all numbers

Title : Christmas

Mickey and Friends:

Tim Holtz distess ink (black)
Papers by : Graphic 45

green, cream, white, gray, tan, orange,
pearl halves
pop dots
zig two way glue pen
black mini button brads
white gel pen for hand journaling
stickles: green, red, yellow, brown and orange
white liquid pearl

thank you ladies so much for looking.


  1. Wow Nanne this is stunning. The papers are gorgeous. What a great idea to do an advent calendar. Love the little gingerbread house, looks worth all the effort. Good to see the sketches again.

    Kaye x

  2. Oops, I'm late for work but just wanted to say fabtabulous job on this one Nanne .. such a different twist on the sketch .. dearly love that calender and gbread house. Great job!

  3. WOW Nanne love the lil gingerbread house your hard work paid off it is beautiful!!The papers are so beautiful and love all your Cricut cuts!
    I am hoping to get the time to play this year at SOUS...learning to manage my time better!

  4. This is beautiful! I love the colors & that little gingerbread house so so cute!! Staci

  5. Nanne...so beautiful....love the papers...just gorgeous...each of your creations is so beautiful...you have a gift gf....so happy you got to catch up on your sleep...i stayed up late and watched tv....silly me...but did not have to get up for work so it's all good....so cold here....a great day to bundle up and drink cocoa...or as I am doing drinking my carmel creme coffee....cya

  6. Nanne....another stunning layout...I love how you laid this out and the calendar idea..so cute...I also love the house that was a pain in the toosh.....but it all came out beautifully...TFS

  7. Hi Nanne
    I am crazy about this one.....
    I love it all the colors and shapes you used are just perfect!
    And you always have such awesome details....
    Big Hugs Wanda

  8. This is gorgeous! Love the calendar... and that little gingerbread house! Great job with all the framing and layering! It is beautiful!!

  9. Nanne,
    I just love this calendar!!! The detail on that ginger breat house and even the dates have goodies on them! The paper choice is perfect and I feel that I have sooooo much to learn everytime I look at one of your creations! Thanks.

  10. WOW!!! I love your paper choices, and all the details, wow! Just gorgeous!

  11. Love love love this! The colors are so rich and that advent calendar is wow!